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and challenges remain. i'm ray sa suarez and that's the "inside story." ♪ >> president obama says the healthcare.gov website is significantly improved. the administration said the site can now handle 50,000 people at once and 800,000 users a day. that's on the could called front end as people browse the site. but the back end is still a work in progress. that's where the real business is as insurance companies and the federal government share info and you finish your purchase. on this edition of inside story we're going give the affordable care act and online exchanges a checkup with the deadlines approaching fast. the obama administration says the ailing website healthcare.gov is on the mend, and close to being cured of the bugs and glitches that had the president himself apologizing. >> what i'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed. >> this weekend was president obama's sow-imposed deadline to make the site work. the department of health and human services announced a main online artery for americans to buy health insurance is working 90% of the time. more than 400 bugs in the syste
will be looking at. >> lisa stark thank you. >> thank you. >> in other news, the obama administration says the health insurance website has vastly improved. the administration has spent two months fixing the glitches in the health care reform law. mike viqueria, are all the problems fixed? >> well, not all the problems are fixed but the white house spokesman just moments ago jay carney speaking for the president believes that the website has significantly improved and they have met their threshold for the vast majority of citizens who sign on. 90% will have a successful experience and will be able to enroll through the website. night and day is how the top official that the president put in charge of having this website up and functioning by november 30th, last saturday, says the difference is between october 1st, and the end of november. the problem is, that it's two months, two months that were virtually lost where people could not enroll on the website and now it's crunch time. some of the other metrics they put out, the error rate is less than 1%, when earlier i.t. was 6%, other websit
to beijing to tonight seoul, south korea. our first guest tonight is pressing the obama administration to reassess their guidance that u.s. civilian air carriers comply with china as illegitimate imposition of an air defense identification zone over the east china sea. he says the white house has legitimized the beijing attempt to subvert international aerospace while at the same time attempting, seemingly, to condemn such a move. joining us is congressman randy forbes, a member of the house judiciary and arms services committee. good to have you with us. let me turn, first, to whatever the achievement as a result of vice president biden isomacy. has there been any progress you are aware of? >> we spend a lot of time talking to our allies out there. we have several ambassadors. one of the things that we here below the radar so many times is that this administration has just not been very good at making clear their foreign policy actually is. this is a perfect example where they have conflicting reports that confuse, oftentimes, our allies. when you come to foreign policy the most impor
, everyone. i'm andrea mitchell in new york. the obama administration trying to get past disas true rollout kicking off a new campaign promoting benefits of the health care law. robert gibbs msnbc contributor and former white house press secretary during the president's first term and dr. zeke emanuel msnbc contributor and former special adviser on policy to the obama administration. welcome both. first to you, robert, if you were behind the podium today, what would you be saying about healthcare.gov? >> i think what they have said yesterday and clearly with the president being out there today, there is a subtle message that the website is functioning in a much better place because they understand that if they do an event that draws attention to health care and the website that traffic will greatly increase. so they clearly are demonstrating with today's events the necessity, i think, of today's events the digital architecture of healthcare.gov is greatly improved because they have confidence they can talk about the website and it won't crash. >> but zeke, what about the possible pitfalls d
. >> let the states test it. >> obama administration care rebound. the president defended the affordable care racket act. he told the republicans if they have a better plan, let's hear it. >> if you don't like obamacare, and i know you don't, you should explain how exactly you would cut costs and cover more people and make insurance more secure. you to the morning people to tell us what you are for not just what you're against. >> is this a diversion tactic. >> yes, no question they would rather have the media focus on that the republicans don't have a plan. you had 29,000 people signed up which was more than all of us. a hundred thousand in november so they're much happier about the way it is going. but they would love it the if the media pointed out that the republicans don't have a plan. >> this is a fire spiral crash. you hear tens of millions may be invalidated next year. >> >> fact is 5 million people have lost their health care. and you have not gotten to the issue that the doctors that are going refuse it. these people are not going forget that they lost their health care. in add
. after nearly two months of harsh criticism the obama administration said healthcare.gov website took a giant step forward and ready for the next big test and al jaze a jazeera's and erica is live. >> the obama administration met the deadline and the site works more than 90% of the time and up from 40% when it was launched two months ago. >> the bottom line healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> reporter: that is president obama special advisor in charge of fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house says dramatic progress has been made with the site performing with private sector velocity and a lower error rate and capacity to handle 50,000 visitors at once and if it's too busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. the new report shows administration hit the big benchmark. >> 50,000 at one time, 800,000 people a day. look this will take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. i think what we have to look at is those states where you have well
it comes to this issue. still, it is safe to say this will be a primary focus for the obama administration in the months ahead. back to you. >> united states military is facing more but it cuts. hagel announced today that 200 positions will be eliminated from the office of the secretary of defense, but he said there will not be a large number of immediate layoffs. reductions that i have announced today will occur through a process of natural attrition in order to minimize the impact on our workforce. if the department is forced to one steep sequestration cuts the order of $500 billion, we may need to implement additional reductions. hagel adds that cuts will save about $1 billion over time. coming up, the fed says factories are giving the u.s. economy a boost but the latest beige book data is out. we will look at what else is expanding when "bottom line" on bloomberg television continues in just a moment. ♪ collects welcome back. let's show you how the equity markets finished. stocks fell for a fourth day. the longest him in 12 weeks. investors weighed economic data for clues on the timi
or anybody traveling with him address this sort of mixed message that the obama administration sent by, on one hand, having the pentagon do the unarmed b 52s flying right through the zone, not telling the chinese, essentially finger in the eye a little bit, but then at the same time the faa does something different? did biden explain this contradiction? >> it's been a huge and confusing story here, and joe bide en in his comments to the public did not address that. privately, vary officials here have talked to us about it. and, you know, to be candid it's very confusing because what they're saying is the faa at a very low level is doing what it has always done, which is, you know, not necessarily just with regard to china but when these zones have appeared it's just to have commercial carriers, you know, notify those that have set up these zones. so they're skirting the notion that anything different is being done with regard to this china adiz. but the fact remains that, you know, usair carriers have been beginning to issue these flight plans to the chinese and the japanese airlines h
again. you may not be. the obama administration dropping a bombshell. thousands of americans who recently signed up for insurance may be left without coverage right before the new year and the federal government hasn't told them. we'll tell you the details. >>> and, guys, one of my favorite stories, ever. uh-oh spa getios. the company tweeting out this picture as a tribute to pearl harbor. what was meant as an honor was inappropriate. you have to read the spaghettios headline. >>> "fox & friends" begins right now. >>> and "fox & friends," welcome. the popular show. >> we think it is. >> "fox & friends" christmas party, we'll share photos from that yesterday. >> we shut down the bowling lane yesterday. most of our crew did pretty well, and a segment on how it is the holiday christmas party. i. a lot of folks will wind up going to work hungover. tips how to beat the hangover. >> tips, fake it until you make it. >> that's what i'm doing right now. >> don't announce that. >>> and while you were sleeping, american war veteran captured in north korea over a month released. right now he
the obama administration said the site was 90% functional and fixed. some users say it's still possible to think you are signed up but not get coverage. and at peak times of the day, just signing on was still a bit of a problem. mike viqueira is at the whitehouse for us and has the latest on this trouble site. mike, this was a big deadline for the administration over the weekend >> reporter: right. >> there seems to be plenty of work to do here. >> >> reporter: there is. there is good news/bad news really. you mentioned signing on. the administration was full of facts and figures over the laugh two days. saturday, they set november 30th as the goal whereby the quote, unquote vast majority of americans visiting the website would have a positive experience and some success. that would be a marked improvement over what we have seen over the course of the last two months ever since the bungled launch and the administration says there are market improvements. the error rate now less than 1% down from a whopping 6% back in and on october 1st. if you look at it relative to some big department
iran's nuclear program and the uphill battle facing the obama administration. ever since foreign ministers closed the nuclear deal with iran, ten days ago, the obama administration has been trying to win over a skeptical congress and stave off new sanctions. today, wendy sherman, the lead u.s. negotiator in geneva, held a closed briefing today for members of the house. republican trent franks of arizona is among the lawmakers who have called the agreement a bad deal. >> seems like there's general notion that we're afraid to allow iran to question our sincerity when we should be questioning theirs. iran has given no concession of any kind for 30 years. and yet we are now taking some of our most powerful inducements off the table. >> ifill: michigan democrat dan kildee was milder in his criticism, but he said the u.s. has to proceed very carefully. >> we have to be very cautious with this state, and very skeptical and realize that the reason that we're in the position we're in right now, is that the sanctions are working, and the sanctions need to be not just seen only as a penalt
. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas
obama. >> now, if congress refuses to act, i've said that i'll continue to do everything in my power to act without them. >> reporter: it's a pledge the president has repeatedly made and kept. from administrative directives to law enforcement officers, telling them not to arrest or deport the vast majority of those in the u.s. illegally to major rewrites of the affordable care act via speeches or the white house blog, president obama has grown increasingly willing to use the powers of the executive branch to effect major changes without ever going through congress. jonathan turley, a supporter of the president and his policies calls the trend troubling. >> the problem with what the president is doing is he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system, he's becoming the very danger the constitution was designed to avoid, that is the concentration of power in any single branch. >> reporter: other constitutional experts argue that president obama is carrying out his constitutional duties to take care that the laws be faithfully executed by revising obama care in ways that w
. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradic contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues, the impacts on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact, that the sanctions had an enormous impacts, and that was the driving factor in bringing iranians to the negotiating table. >> many peculiar late that if the deals succeed, washington and iran might negotiate other things. >> the goal is a transitioning governing body. certainly they haven't embraced that as the focus o geneva communique. >> what could be described as a charm offensive. he's visiting other countries, and iran insists they're trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe we, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain this spread of sectarian divide. >> nothing the foreign minister has said is new. but iranian government has said is new, but it's being studied closely. ross lind jordan, al jazeera, the state department. >> vice president biden is in japan where he's about to begin meetings on the
marks the second day since the healthcare.gov website overhaul was completed. an obama administration officials say it's working, quote unquote, smoothly for the vast majority of users. >> some good news. they're calling it night and day compared to two months ago when it rolled out and was plagued with those massive technical problems. now they say the response time has been lowered to one second. >> they've lowered the error rate to below 1% and 50,000 users can be online at the same time now. >> hmm. all right. if black friday wasn't good enough for you, cyber monday is in full swing. >> another shot. get your shopping done. >> beats a mall every time. >> it does indeed. cyber monday is here. and that's why millions of people are going online today to catch internet only deals that they couldn't get in stores during black friday. >> some retailers so eger to boost sales they're extending discounts through to friday, calling it cyber week. any opportunity. >> we just want your money. >> how far you want to give it. we'll extend it through till march. shoppers can get at the moment a
's not asking too much for the obama administration just to come out and simply say, look, we're with japan, we're with south korea, this is not your territory, we're going to continue with the status quo. jenna: but if we both continue to disagree with each other, does it just -- the status quo remain? right now a thousand commercial flights go through that area every day including, of course, united states airlines, and the commercial airlines have been notifying china of going through this area because be they don't -- if they don't, i mean, this is a risk, very hypothetical, if they're viewed to be aggressive, then china could take action. >> sure. the problem here though, jenna, is both japan and south korea have told their airlines not to recognize this. so we are the ones who are giving in to the chinese, and we have a history of doing that. and that's the larger concern, is not just this situation here, but what does it say to israel and to others? i think what china's doing is they're looking at president obama's national security policies in egypt and in syria with and now in iran and
administration still won't tell us how many people have successfully enrolled and purchased obama care insurance. we will have considerably more comment on those circumstances here tonight. i'm lou dobbs. >>> good evening everybody. the president today defiantly declared that baem care is here to stay regardless of its failures during a sometimes rambling, at times contradictory speech that included shots at republicans for opposing obama care. >> we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you. we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. whatever comes up, we're going to fix them. we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> those statements come after announcing just yesterday and again today that the administration had met their own self-imposed deadline of november 30th to have the website problems fixed. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry is at the white house tonight with our report. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will w
terrorists was the work of trained professionals. a senior obama administration official is confirming tonight that vice president biden expressed solidarity with john paul today over china's claim to air space over disputed islands. biden met with japanese prime minister shinzo abe. they have established an air defense zone which the u.s. and japan and other allies are refusing to recognize. biden says he will raise the issue with the chinese president when they get together thursday. though he has been told to leave the country twice, president obama's uncle now gets to stay. >>> and drink on the house courtesy of your state department. the grapevine is next. ale annou] here's a question for you. if every u.s. home replaced one light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, the energy saved could light how many homes? 1 million? 2 million? 3 million? the answer is... 3 million homes. by 2030, investments in energefficiency could help americans save $300 billion each year. take the energy quiz. energy lis here. [ alarm sound for malfunctioning printer ] [ male announcer ] you've reached
aircraft will not. and the obama administration is making clear, it rejects china's declaration of the air defense identification zone. >> this is a noaa acceptance of china's requirements. >> reporter: the u.s. insists it will continue flying military aircraft through the chinese zone and has begun a long-plan deployment of advance p8 reconnaissance aircraft to japan that can carry torpedos, missiles, bombs and mines. the u.s. is already calling on china not to establish yet another restriction zone and biden arrives in beijing on wednesday to talk to chinese leaders about all of this. michaela? >> thank you for that. >>> let's take a look at the other headlines, beginning with breaking news. firefighters are battling a massive eight-alarm fire in boston. it engulfed a five-story commercial building in the innovation district. the building was reportedly being renovated. there are some reports that the fire got so intense, crews were ordered out of the building. no word on whether anyone was inside when the fire broke out. so far, no reports of injuries. >>> a public health alert in hong
the government's new healthcare program. battered by two months of bad publicity, the administration says the affordable care website is operating much more smoothly now. president obama kicked off the public relations campaign today. >> this law is working and will work into the future. people want a financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> healthcare.gov says more than a million people visited the website monday with no major problems. but republicans say the new law is still broken. house speaker, john boehner, says the administration's healthcare program is fund mentally flawed and continues to reek havoc on american families, businesses, and the economy. >> police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 tonight to help catch a killer. the victim is anthony robinson gunned down late last night in the 1900 block of 17th street southeast. robinson was 26 and so far, police have no suspects and no motive. >> take a look at this mess on the beltway. just before 11:30, maryland state police say two vehicles collided
stands as a rare example, especially in the obama administration's war on leaks. >> i would say the average whistle-blower ends up losing his job. >> for me to still be employed there, i think everyone is surprised by it. >> he first blew the whistle on "fast and furious" in 2011. you were intentionally letting guns go to mexico. >> yes, ma'am. i mean, the agency was. >> reporter: his new book is called "the unarmed truth," why he went public about the government's denials about gun-walking secrets. dodson says at the heart of it all, he still doesn't have the 30,000-foot view as to who orchestrated the controversial strategy and why. "fast and furious" was the biggest and best known of the gun walking cases but there were many involving multiple federal agencies. >> part of all this is to try to make people realize it hasn't all been answered. it's not over. it's just that you've forgotten about it. you've been diverted. don't look at my left hand look at my right. what's going on here? these things haven't been answered. you can make a difference. ask th
joined in a bloody protest. four were killed. >>> the obama administration says for the most part, healthcare.gov is now working. the man in charge of repairs said this morning there have been more than 40 changes made over the last five weeks, we have made substantial progress working through the punch lists. we have executed hundreds of south wear fixes and hardware upgrades. the site is stable and operating at its intended capacity with gratefully improved performance. >> questions remain about. mike rogers says the improvements are not good enough. >> it still doesn't function right. their own cio said he believed if they had the ability to get up to 80% functionality, that would be a good day for them. so nobody talks about. the security of this site and the private information does not meet even the minimal standards of the private sector. we should not tolerate the shear level of incompetence securing this site. >> officials say 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage every day but they also admit much more work lies ahead, which includes fixes hundreds o
hunltsman, the former ambassador to china he will served during the first two years of the obama administration. mr. ambassador, mr. governor, thank you. vice president's language specifically chosen, deeply concerned. is that strong enough? >> well, i think that's appropriate terminology. it was spoken in tokyo where coordinating a lot of what goes on in the region with our ally, japan, and also with korea to some extent is absolutely critical at this point. and the language used was appropriate given the circumstances. now it will all play out in beijing as he meets with the new leader of china who he got to know on a personal level when they were vice presidents together. she served as vice president before becoming president of china. so they have a preexisting relationship. it is actually quite unusual for the head of china to accord this amount of time to the vice president of the united states. so he's giving him a private dinner. he spent two hours with him in a by lateral meeting. all of that presumably is taking us in a direction that defines some parameters around the
to al jazeera america. >>> the obama administration is looking to undo the damage to the affordable care act's image done by the problems, of course, with the problem plagued website. in a moment we'll look at what the president needs to do during his campaign to accomplish that. >> first let's look at the temperatures across the nation. metrologist nicole mitchell is here. >> we have a contrast once we get to the southern plains today - going to the 20s or 30s. houston is at 71. this is where it's really gotten brutal. single-digit temperatures. adding in the wind. feels like 30 below. this is going to be a spreading sign over the weekend. the wind chills that are really brutal out there. the cold air will settle and over the next couple of days the warmer spots in the south - innocently it while you have it. although not the negatives. they will change over the next couple of days, houston at 82 - it won't be long-lived. >> looking to reverse weeks of bad publicity about the federal healthcare website barack obama urged americans to ignore the critics saying they are rooting for the af
with healthcare.gov. the obama administration said one in four americans who use the government website to sign up could have errors in their enrolment records. insurance companies are reporting records for enrolment files including name, address and your social security number. heath coverage is supposed to start january the 1st, giving than 30 days to fix the problem. doctors may end up with more patients and simply getting paid less for them. what is that, you mean? fewer doctors to choose from yourself. our resident health care reporter found out why. >> if you liked your during, you can keep your doctor, sos lopping as your doctor -- so long as your doctor keeps you. the new health law has many wondering if they can afford to keep self-insured patients. >> first-time physicians will see patients coming in with health insurance, covered through medicade because the expansion is one of the biggest parts of the insurance expansion in the affordable care act. >> that's a problem. many are covered under the health law. they restrict the number of medicade patients they accept because of low reimb
different parts of obama care, some of which the administration has deliberately delayed saying it's not ready, we don't have enough time. and the fact is, we won't actually entirely know whether obama care is successful or a total failure for a good while yet. and that doesn't really fall conveniently into this midterm election -- >> but if you saw what that governor said, if you see what a governor christie says, and i think what president obama should do, is own it. i did it, you know what, we need time to put it forward. let's go. >> so that's what the president is, right? so the president, despite the fact that his approval ratings right now, he's at a 50% disapproval rating, right? yet he recognizes, this is it. all the other things i mentioned in the show, he's not the president who did those things, he's the president who did this thing. he is embracing it and owning it, even the language of obama care. for a long time, i resisted. i was only saying aca on air, until the president said, we're all in, this is the thing we're doing. >> and rhetorically, he's got to embrace it
lowering those tensions? >> well, i think obama administration has done an excellent job of sending very clear signals about its interests in maintaining stability in the region, and standing by its ally japan. both the secretary of state and the secretary of defense made official statements # something that doesn't happen all that often and of course we did send the b52s through as well, and the u.s. presence and our forceful response to china's unilateral actions i think has prevented a much worse kind of crisis, because if we had not been there, then perhaps the japanese would have felt they had to react more strongly, the chinese would have reacted to that and things could have spun out of control. >> but this has been bubbling for a while, i want to continue with you for a moment, susan shirk and yet now we have this action. was it purposefully provocative on china's part? >> well, actually, i am kind of puzzled about the timing. we certainly believe that shiping must have personally approved it but coming so shortly on the heals of the announcement of china's reform blueprint that
stirewalt. thanks so much. have a great week. >>> the obama administration says its health care website should now work for the vast majority, there's that word again, of americans. there are still plenty of errors being reported. like peter dfound out. what did you find out? >> a lot more problems to healthcare.gov than on amazon, gretchen. all morning long healthcare.gov is having major issues. they appear to be the result of high volume. the administration said this week, as you know, 50,000 users are supposed to be able to simultaneously shop at healthcare.gov. mo most of my attempts to log in or apply for coverage today have been met with this notice. there are too many visitors at the website. there is an option to enter an e-mail for a follow up about better times to come back. i first entered my e-mail 11:40 this morning, about 2 1/2 hours ago. still waiting for that note back. take a look at this. just complete gibberish. on the first screen that an interested consumer would see after leaving the home page, this shot i took at my desk just a little bit more than one hour ago. t
. here is a look at your top stoerpz. it's as different as night and day. >> that's how obama administration officials described healthcare.gov after the live -- two months after the website went live the. they are cautiously managing expectations. we just heard the crucial information about sunday's deadly train derailment in new york. the conductor was going 82 miles per hour as the train came into a 30 mile per hour zone. that critical curve. jo than marchttin joins us. jo jonathan, have you been able to physically see the curve in question that we are talking about here? >> reporter: from -- sort of, i would say. it's sort of hard to say with the bushes here we have been able to see sort of the vantage point. even governor cuomo said it's sort of a tricky curve. as we heard the folks from ntsb say that, 30 miles per hour, that is the limit around the curve. so to hear that this train was going 82 is shogging but it also echoes what some of the witnesses and some of the people on board were saying, that the train was going way too fast. so not many people, i am sure, surpr
the beijing sea. >>> the obama administration says it is prepared to allow iran to engage in a limited nuclear enrichment program. but that applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. in a statement released tuesday, the white house says it will negotiate with tehran as long as it holds up its end of the agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under tight oversight. this is the first time the u.s. has explicitly said that iran has the right to enrich. >>> yasser arafat was not the victim of poisoning according to tests by french forensic scientists. that contradicts a report. they found he was killed by radioactive polonium. >> this will not put the conspiracy theorys to rest. >>> eight minutes after the hour. coming up, a celebrity chef in a heated courtroom battle. did two sisters steal millions from thnigella lawson? we're live in london. >>> an incredible rescue. a man trapped for days underwater. >> this sais an amazing video. tweet us the "early start" rhyme if you rhyme with jacoby ellsbury. #morningrhy #morningrhyme. tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool. well, i would
're in the bull pen. >> and speaking of health care, the obama administration is trying to highlight the fixes within the enrollment site, but insurance company leaders are still voicing concerns of whether the right information is ending up with providers. speaking of people who need health care right now, example one. first of all, is the -- are the fixes that we've seen, more enrollments, a better experience for people signing on, is that enough? are you still worried about what's going to happen january 1st when people try to, you know, believe that they have signed up for insurance? is the match going to work? is the insurance industry getting the information they need? >> first off, thank you for having me on. you're raising some very important questions. the administration has made a lot of progress in getting healthcare.gov working better for consumers. so they're able to get through the system and actually choose a plan. that's a good thing. we want to make sure consumers can be able to see their options and get through the system. at the same time, we need to make sure that the back
of state kerry says the obama administration still is trying to secure gross' release. >> we are currently engaged in some discussions regarding that which i'm not at liberty to go into in any kind of detail. but the bottom line is that we have raised these issues. >> reporter: former president bill clinton tells cnn gross' imprisonment is halting improvement in relations with cuba. >> you can't expect us to do much more now unless there's some resolution of some of these human rights issues. >> now, the state department says that u.s. officials visit alan gross monthly. they say the last visit was november 27th. next one that they're asking for is december 26th. and they insist that he remains a top priority and they're working it diplomatically. wolf? >> jill dougherty with that back ground. thanks, jill, very much. joining us is judy gross, the wife of alan gross. judy, thanks very much for coming. >> thanks for having any. >> four years. how emotional is this for you? four years, your husband being held in cuba. >> it's emotional. it's very -- causes me a lot of anger i would have to s
pleased with the kind of response he's been getting from the obama administration about security. and depending on where you look, congressman, you know, people on the right to some extent say there was never even any thought to getting security in there. and people on the left say, you know, when i had a kid, should i have gotten rid of my kid when i saw a few glitches? no, you fix the glitches. it's a wide spectrum. what wept into the planning for security? >> well, unfortunately, not much. this isn't about wanting the site to fail itself. you're pushing people. people have lost their health care. they need to be able to access this site in order to get on and get a policy by january. so that's our concern. and what you've done is you've opened them up to a level of risk using this website i've never seen. standard site of this size would be about 500,000 lines of code, roughly, maybe a little less. the code in healthcare.gov is about 5 million lines of code. and it has never been thoroughly tested. and so we know of a very low level access problem and meaning that somebody cou
to an uptick in tension or start of a conflict. >>> the obama administration is prepared to allow iran engage in a limited nuclear enrichment program, but that appla plplies only nenergy needs. the obama care website woes may be in the past, but the hearings continue. four scheduled today in washington as the president tries to resell his signature legislation to the american public. tuesday former president clinton told cnn he is a full supporter despite comments he made last month challenging the president to honor his words and let all americans hold on to their insurance if they want to. >>> two skydivers were killed, a third injured when they collided in midair. the parachutes collapsed and that sent them plummeting to the ground. >>> the first person thought to be the first driver to get a ticket for wearing google glass has pleaded not guilty. cecilia beatty is charged with speeding and distracted driving. her defense? there is nothing illegal about simply wearing google glass when it is not turned on. however when she looked up at the officer, her glasses were activated. >> she said i
. >>> and right now, president obama and his administration is stagger is a full-out bliss to get people to sign up for the affordable care act. a blitz that is. coming up, a look at what you may be seeing is or hearing the next three weeks. >>> the mayors race in >>> our tom sherwood is following up on a story he was first to report yesterday. mayor vincent gray is running for reelection. many people have been wondering for more than a year if he would seek a second term. federal prosecutors are still looking into his 2010 campaign. four people pleaded guilty to running a shadow campaign that helped him get elected. gray, though, is not facing any charges. >> our record speaks for itself. look at the fiscal stability, education, the way people are getting back to work. >> some of gray's opponents are already criticizing him for running again. tommy wells says the mayor doesn't deserve a second chance because he ran a corrupt campaign. >> and new, vice president joe biden is taking a stance against china's air defense zone. earlier today he held a press conference. biden told the u.s. he is deep
, even though the obama administration had talked about how much al-qaeda had been dismantled since the death of bin lad en, do americans need to worry now that al-qaeda does seem to be gaining ground in the middle east? >> i think the americans ought to be very concerned about the increasing capability. while the u.s. government has started to parse their words, saying we only met core al-qaeda in pakistan and afghanistan, the fact is that the franchisees, the smaller groups of al-qaeda represent a clear and present danger not only to the countries and governments in the middle east but also that of the united states. >> general, thank you. >> commuter trains will roll again today on a normal schedule past the reopened stop in the bronx, the scene of sunday's fatal derailment in new york city. the train to derailed featured a system that can warn the engineer of a potential accident and apply the brakes, but the system was not in the front cab where william rockefeller was at the controls. it was installed in the locomotive, which was pushing the train from the back. >> highly radi
at the university of chicago school of business and former chairman of the council of economic advisers in the obama administration. our guest host this morning has been gary stern, continues to be, former president at the federal reserve bank of minneapolis where there's a lot of lakes. and arthur brooks, president -- aren't there? >> yes, there are. >> and arthur -- i knew i had that right. arthur brooks president of aei. >> nailed it. >> american enterprise institute. >> american enterprise institute. >> for young enterprisers. all right. you want to? >> i don't want to take your jobs report away. let's start with mark zandi. what's your number today and why? >> 200,000, it should be a strong report, unemployment should fall to 7.2. i don't think the trend has changed, though. we've been getting 175,000 per month for about three years, i think that's roughly where we are. i don't think we've broken out yet. i think we need stronger gdp growth. and even though we got a good q3 number, we're still growing 2%. i don't think we have enough g the, p to create more jobs. >> jerry, put this in context.
if people are talking about you? >> it's not obama care so the administration does this and he's looking very press deshlg. he's meeting with the premiere of china, big deal for him. >> this is, i think, one of the most talked about stories that i've heard in a long time. so jeff bezos goes on 60 minutes and he has these drones and they'll drop packages with a new pair of shoes on the front doorstep and what's your social media reaction? >> it's very negative. three to one against. >> why? >> we did what we call symantec analysis. the word drone is not a positive connotation for two reasons. number one, the militaristic uses of the drone and number two, it feels very big brother and it feels a little forced, the night before cyber monday and the night before he's out talking about this and a lot of people felt like, well, he's pushing this, but we're not going to see it and it was a little creepy for some people. >> well, did you see this picture on twitter? i think it's been retweeted thousands of times. it's a mock attempted delivery slip. they checked off, drone resurgence and against
of accountability is resurfacing as the president is trying to explain problems with obama care. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. >> cornyn is running for re-election next year. he says he wants to scrap obama care and replace it with a different kind of overhaul. >>> a top u.n. official says there is massive evidence linking the syrian regime including president assad to war crimes during the country's nearly 3-year-old civil war conflict. they say is complicates responsibility at the highest level including the head of the state and it linked syrian rebels to the commission of war crimes. >>> an american in cuba is appealing to president obama. alan gross wrote a letter and it's expected to be delivered today. in it, gross says the president should intervene personally in his case. this is part of a new strategy by gross' family to put direct pressure on the white house. "the washington post" obtained a copy of this letter. >>> it is 34 minutes past the hour. let's get a check of the weather. are we talking snow again? >> we are, but not yet. i'll star
, that's something he has to address. >> president obama is coming be in nur preer from republicans and democrats to fire members of his administration in the wake of that botched healthcare.gov rollout. do you that i is going to happen? >> this is a president that doesn't like to fire people. he nudges them out. if anyone is under the gun, it is folks at the health and human services. they have a few more weeks to make sure this website is working before anyone potentially loses their job. >> now the house extended a ban on plastic guns yesterday and the senate is expected to follow. why was this ban seemingly so easy to pass when restrictions on ak-47s and further background checks ran into such trouble even in the face of the terrible tragedy like the newtown shooting? >> the nra stayed quiet. they said nothing about this. that is partly, of course, the gun industry would prefer you buy a gun from than make one through a 3 d printer. so staying quiet and not taking a position is seen as favoring this bill. that makes it easier for republicans and democrats from gun friendly areas
health care reform law. the obama team spent weeks playing defense over the disastrous debut of the healthcare.gov website. next hour he kicks off a new campaign to highlight the benefits of the affordable care act. the administration plans daily events through december 23rd but convincing young people to sign up for obama care may be a tough sell. according to a brand-new gallup poll, americans aged 18 to 29 are the least familiar with the health care law. this is the main group, by the way, an the administration needs toe attract to make the whole system work. call it crisis management on a global scale. vice president biden is on a mission to ease tensions between china and japan. he and the new u.s. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy sat down with japan's deputy prime minister taro aso today. hot on the agenda, how to handle the defense zone chooen has over the sea. he was deeply concerned over the actions. >> the u.s. has an interest in lowering the tensions in this region as i believe all the countries in northeast asia share that same interest with us. >> this under
the entire month of october. so people inside the administration are starting to feel more confident about that, and as you heard, at the tail end of the president's remarks in the speech here in washington, he went after republicans on obama care challenging them on these ideas of repeal and saying that republicans owe it to the american people to tell them what they're for when it comes to health care reform, not just being against the affordable care act. a couple things going on in the president's speech, rallying the base, also going after republicans laying markers down for the budget battles to come. >> that issue is becoming more and more talked about, income inequality, wealth disparity if you like, which is very marked in the united states. is there a sense in washington this could become a big election issue? >> i think it could be. one thing the president did mention and white house officials have said is that this is sort of a preview of some of what he'll be talking about in the state of the union speech. not only today is, he's going to be talking about when he gives his sta
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